ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, today announced the addition of five domestic hotels to the brand portfolio, attesting to the great momentum that the brand has seen over the past year. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131015/NE98133LOGO-l)(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131015/NE98133LOGO-a) Ascend Hotel Collection is a portfolio of upscale independent hotels, each located in distinct destinations, rich in character. In 2013 the Collection nearly doubled in size, and with these latest additions, now claims 121 properties worldwide. "Ascend Hotel Collection is experiencing tremendous growth and partnering with some really special hotels. These latest additions are no exception," said Michael Murphy, senior vice president of upscale brands at Choice Hotels International. "Each of these new members brings to the Collection its own local flavor coupled with an uncompromised commitment to quality service and an exceptional guest experience. These attributes are the essence of the Ascend Hotel Collection." Members of the Ascend Hotel Collection membership program maintain their individuality while being able to leverage the robust global distribution, sales, marketing and technology platforms of Choice Hotels International. Member hotels also benefit from Choice Privileges, one of the industry's fastest growing guest loyalty programs. La Posada Lodge & Casitas Nestled in the foothills of Tucson's Santa Catalina Mountains is the area's premier boutique hotel, the enchanting La Posada Lodge & Casitas. The 72-room property offers guests a delightful mix of Southwest and cowboy cultures and the perfect mix of amenities for individual, family and business travelers. La Posada Lodge & Casitas offers 1,800 square feet of flexible indoor meeting space and more than 2,000 square feet of outdoor panoramic space making it the perfect setting for meetings or events. Guests can enjoy the hotel's laid-back charm with a warm, inviting ambiance in either a deluxe room or Casita. Both lodging options provide guests with premium accommodations such as: king or queen sized beds and plush linens, a comfortable work area with complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, a walk-in shower, flat screen televisions, a refrigerator and a microwave. The Casitas also offer a kitchenette and private backyard or courtyard with views of the city of Tucson and the Santa Catalina Mountains.